Wednesday 25 April 2018

Cretaro strike sparks Sligo comeback against Galway

Sligo Rovers 2-1 Galway United

Raffaele Cretaro of Sligo Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile
Raffaele Cretaro of Sligo Rovers. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Veteran Sligo Rovers striker Raffaele Cretaro again underlined his enduring class by sparking his side's 2-1 defeat of Galway United in an eventually thrilling Connacht derby at The Showgrounds on Saturday night.

A crisp drive from Sligo's top scorer after 79 minutes - his 10th goal of the season - cancelled out Gary Shanahan's 48th minute headed goal for a resilient Galway.

The 34-year-old, who has signed a new contract that keeps him in Sligo until the end of the 2018 season, then created a dramatic winner for Achille Campion two minutes into added time - the French native got the final touch on the Tubbercurry native's goal attempt as Sligo extended their unbeaten home record to 13 games.

The result, which consolidates Sligo's position in fifth place in the standings, ended a run of two consecutive defeats, both to added time goals.

But Sligo boss Dave Robertson, whose side haven't lost at The Showgrounds since the opening day of the season, afterwards vented his anger at the amount of additional time allotted by referees.

He said: "It is the same thing week in, week out. Referees play four minutes at the end. There was only supposed to be two minutes of injury-time. For me, it is absolutely scandalous."

"There is no reproaching them [referees], there is no reporting system, there is no dialogue."

Galway, who attempted to hit Sligo with counter-attacks, didn't trouble Sligo goalkeeper Micheal Schlingermann during a scoreless first-half. It took Gary Shanahan's goal to spark a response from the home side, who also improved offensively when Kieran Sadlier was introduced, with John Russell vibrant throughout.

Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Boylan, Leahy, Keohane; Russell, Roddan, Kearns (Sadlier 70), Martin; Cretaro, Campion

Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Aganovic, Cantwell, Walsh; Shanahan, Connolly, Sinnott, Ludden; Melody (Byrne 75), Curran (Faherty 64)

REF - David McKeon

Irish Independent

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